The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program honors the memory of the following interviewees, scholars, and activists. It is with great sadness that we report the loss of any of our colleagues, and we vow to celebrate their life and work.
Dec 18th, 2017
Laura Mae Dixie, known as “the Mother of the Movement in Tallahassee, Florida,” passed away last month at the age of 92. Her life is a testament to the oft-forgotten… Read More
Celebrating the Life of Margaret Block, Civil Rights Activist and Inspiring Mississippi Freedom Teacher
Jun 23rd, 2015
Ms. Margaret Block, lifelong civil rights activist, teacher, and friend, passed away in June 2015. Her efforts to organize, agitate, and educate for social justice inspired men and women across the country… Read More
Dec 2nd, 2014
A native of Chile, Dr. Hernán Vera, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, passed away last week. He was a prolific scholar in research spanning a range of topics, including race and ethnic… Read More
Aug 14th, 2014
Dr. Block’s life and work at the University of Florida is remembered in the Gainesville Sun. His oral histories at SPOHP archives are in GHS 062 (1971) and UF 346 (2014).
May 29th, 2014
Joseph “Joel” Marcus Buchanan, a longtime educator and local legend for his work in preserving black history in Gainesville, died Sunday at UF Health Shands Hospital after going into cardiac… Read More
May 5th, 2014
Ken Johnston was interviewed by Mike Parker (both pictured here from the Daily Sun) for the World War II Collection at SPOHP in Spring 2014. His interview is under the WWII-213 code.
Nov 6th, 2013
Dr. Lawrence Goodwyn, distinguished professor of history at Duke University, taught at Duke from 1971 until his retirement in 2003. He recently passed away in Durham, North Carolina, on September… Read More
Aug 25th, 2013
Dr. Paredes, ethnologist and applied anthropologist, worked with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians throughout his life and developed the Poarch Creek Project at SPOHP. Photo from the Poarch Creek Nation.
May 29th, 2012
Patricia Stephens Due, whose belief that, as she put it, “ordinary people can do extraordinary things” propelled her to leadership in the civil rights movement — but at a price,… Read More